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Mise-en-vedette Spotlight on
Rafael de Castro, Président du centre montréalais
                 Biographie Biography
                 Interview [en anglais seulement]

Un atelier pour des choristes amateurs et leur directeurs de chorale
A workshop for amateur choristers and their conductors

La bourse commémorative Godfrey Hewitt pour l'année 2014
The Godfrey Hewitt memorial scholarship, 2014


Examens Examinations

Concerts à venir Upcoming concerts

Concert en mémoire de Sylvie Poirier en Espagne Concert in memory of Sylvia Poirier in Spain

Sollicitation de contributions Call for contributions

Le 2013-2014 Conseil d'administration The executive

Rafael de Castro est un diplômé de l’Universidad de las Americas à Mexico. Une bourse l’a amené à l’Université McGill où il a travaillé sur sa maîtrise. Pendant ses etudes au Conservatoire de Musique de Montéal, il a terminé son concours dans la classe de Bernard Lagacé. Au fils des ans, il a enseigné la musique au Centennial School et occupé le poste d’organiste-chef de choeur à l’église Anglicane Church iof the Resurrection à Pointe-Calire. Ses etudes européennes comprennent des cours avec Monserrant Torrent et Guy Bovet. Depuis mai 2011 il est president du Centre de Montréal du Collège Royal Canadien des Organistes et travaille actuellement sur deux enregistrement CD de musique d’orgue baroque d’Allemagne du Nord et musique pour orgue de l’Espagne. Il a donné des concerts dans tous les Ameriques, Europe et Afrique du Sud.

Rafael de Castro is a graduate of the Universidad de las Americas, Mexico City. A teaching Fellowship brought him to McGill where he worked on his Master’s degree. Later, during his time at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal, he completed his Concours in the class of Bernard Lagacé.  As Head of the Fine Arts Department at Centennial School, he taught music and was Director of Bands. He is also organist/choir director at the Anglican Church of the Resurrection in Pointe Claire. European studies include courses with Monserrat Torrent and Guy Bovet.  Since May, 2011, he is President of the Montreal Centre Royal Canadian College of Organists and is currently working on two CD recordings: German Baroque and Spanish organ music. He has concertized in all of the Americas, Europe and South Africa.
 
Mr. de Castro, when did you first start playing the organ?
That’s always an interesting question. My father was assistant conductor of the San Antonio Symphony orchestra, a violinist and a composer. One day I came home from middle school and he asked me if I wanted to go with him to a symphony rehearsal which was to take place at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. I asked him why it was being held there instead of the Municipal Auditorium and he said that they would be rehearsing Poulenc’s Concerto with organ. This concert hall had an organ – a real one, not an early electronic one.  I politely declined deciding that I could have more fun if I stayed at home; however, at that young age, I lost the argument and attended the rehearsal with him with my homework in hand. When it came time for the Poulenc part of the rehearsal, I was immediately taken with this ‘King’of instruments. I was impressed by the sound, power and complexity of the instrument that from that moment on, I knew that I had to begin organ studies. How did I know that this was the instrument for me? I don’t know, but it has been throughout all these years. Although Dad practiced the violin almost daily, I was just never attracted to stringed instruments. I began to notice the organs in churches and I wondered why some organs were hidden behind screens and others were out in plain view. Some sounded muffled and others quite clear. So, whenever we visited a different church, I always wanted to see the instrument. Each was different which only intensified my desire to learn more about this instrument.
 
What was your first professional experience as an organist?
As I studied organ and became more accomplished, I began to be a substitute church organist – not something I looked for but it just seemed to happen. I was asked. Of course, it terrified me at first but as I gained more experience, I began to settle into it.
 
What are your current professional projects?
Currently in the works is a CD of Baroque organ music as well as another project to record Spanish Organ Music on an organ in Mallorca, Spain. There is nothing like playing music on an instrument that it was written for; however, as organists, we always try to approximate the sound given the instrument we are using. I believe that playing the organ well must involve playing from the heart. By this I mean adding that extra dimension that we call ‘musicality’ which is something that cannot really be taught. Many play ‘note perfect’ but lack this dimension. Some believe that the emotion of the music is actually there on the printed page and it is up to the performer to make music with the original text. The organ by its very nature does not have the give and take aspect that wind instruments have, so it is incumbent upon us to go that extra mile, so to speak, and make real music. This is what I endeavor to do to the best of my ability.
 
When and how did you first become involved with the RCCO?
In my early Montreal days in the 1970’s, I used to practice at Westmount Park United Church. It was there that I had met Christopher Jackson who spoke to me about the RCCO. At the end of the academic year, he was telling me that the local centre was looking for executive members.  I was asked and accepted, beginning as secretary.
 
Why did you decide to take a leadership position in the college?
Oh……………….that’s a tough one. In my mind it wasn’t a question of assuming a leadership position but rather being among other organists who loved the organ and its music. It was the collegial aspect that really attracted me along with its exams and publications. Throughout the years I have been secretary, and twice president (at that time it was called Chairman) of the Montreal Centre. I attended National Council Meetings and it wasn’t long before I was asked to assume the chairmanship of the National Organ Playing Competition of the RCCO. I maintained that position for ten years.
 
What are your short and long term leadership visions for the Montreal Centre?
The vision of the college that I would most like to increase is its presence in the wider organ community. Over the years the College has seen many prominent musicians pass through its examinations door but there is always work to do to make our presence felt throughout the Montreal area. The organization is indeed nationwide with local centres not just the large urban areas but in smaller communities as well. It seems to me that the RCCO represents collegiality as well as education. A national membership campaign is currently underway.  A good question to ask is why be a member of the RCCO. The answer is multifaceted. Some like the magazines, some like the activities that we organize, some the chance to do the RCCO examinations and yet many simply enjoy the colleagiality. Whatever the reason, the organization does a service to its members and the community. All this being said, I think that as Montrealers, the organ thrives greatly. Aren’t we lucky!
 
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UN ATELIER POUR LES CHORISTES AMATEURS 
ET LEURS DIRECTEURS DE CHORALE
 
 
Samedi le 15 Mars, le Centre de Montréal du CRCO sera l'hôte d'un atelier choral à l'Église Unie Mountainside pour les choristes amateurs et les directeurs de chorales d'amateurs.  Cet événement sera animé par Patricia Abbott, chef de la chorale des femmes Chorale du Gesù, de la chorale de l’English Montreal School Board, de l'Ensemble vocal Cantivo de St-Sauveur et Les Voix du Carrefour de St-Léonard.  Mme Abbott est également la directrice artistique du Centre de musique du lac MacDonald de CAMMAC et une instructrice en direction chorale à l'école de musique Schulich de l'Université McGill.
 
Détails de l’événement:
 
Date & heure:
15 Mars 2014:  12h00 (midi) à 16h00
            12h00  – 13h00: inscription et léger goûter
            13h00 – 16h00: atelier choral
 
Coût:   membres du CRCO et membres participants à la «chorale-témoin»: gratuit
Les participants à la «chorale-témoin » doivent être des musiciens amateurs (pas des directeurs de chorale) qui ont eu l'expérience de chanter dans un groupe choral.  Les organisateurs se réservent le droit de limiter le nombre des participants à la «chorale-témoin».
          
Participants auditeurs (non-membres): 10,00 $
 
Endroit:
Église Unie Mountainside, 687 Avenue Roslyn, Westmount, QC
(au coin de Roslyn & The Boulevard)

 
Langues:          Anglais et français, selon la représentation linguistique des participants inscrits.
 
Contact:
Margaret de Castro
            Tél.: 514-631-6262
            Courriel: aslan201@yahoo.com
 
Tous les participants (membres du CRCO, ceux et celles qui souhaitent faire partie de la «chorale-témoin» et auditeurs) doivent s'inscrire avant l'événement en communiquant avec Margaret de Castro aux coordonnées ci-dessus au plus tard le dimanche 9 Mars.
Les inscriptions seront confirmées durant la semaine du 10 Mars.
 
A  WORKSHOP  FOR  AMATEUR  CHORISTERS 
AND  THEIR  CONDUCTORS
 
On Saturday, March 15th, the RCCO Montreal Centre will host a choral workshop at Mountainside United Church for amateur choristers and directors of amateur choirs.  This event will be led by Patricia Abbott, conductor of the Chorale du Gesù women’s choir, the English Montreal School Board Chorale, l’Ensemble vocal Cantivo of St-Sauveur and Les Voix du Carrefour of St-Léonard. Ms. Abbott is also the Artistic Director of CAMMAC’s Lake MacDonald Music Centre and an instructor in choral conducting at the Schulich School of Music, McGill University.
 
Event Details:
 
Date & time:
March 15, 2014:  12 noon to 4:00 p.m.
            12 – 1 p.m.:  registration and light-lunch
            1 – 4:00 p.m.:  choral workshop
 
Cost:  RCCO members and participating members of the ‘lab choir’:  free
Participants in the ‘lab choir’ should be amateur musicians (not choir directors) who have had the experience of singing in some type of
choral group.  The organizers reserve the right to limit the number
of participants in the ‘lab choir’.
         
Auditor participants (non-members):  $10.00
 
Place:
Mountainside United Church, 687 Roslyn Ave., Westmount, QC
(corner Roslyn & The Boulevard)

 
Languages:  English & French; depending upon the linguistic representation
            of registered participants
 
Contact:
Margaret de Castro
            Tel.:  514-631-6262
            e-mail:  aslan201@yahoo.com
 
All participants (RCCO members, those wishing to form part of the ‘lab
choir’, and auditors) must register prior to the event by contacting Margaret
de Castro at the above coordinates by Sunday, March 9th.
Registrations will be confirmed the week of March 10th.
 
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Les formulaires de demandes pour la Bourse Commémorative Godfrey Hewitt 2014 devront être postés avant le 30 avril 2014. Le Centre d'Ottawa du CRCO offre cette bourse annuelle de 5 000$, destinée à un élève d'orgue avancé, étudiant au Canada ou ailleurs, et ayant l'intention d'enseigner l'orgue dans l'avenir. Les lauréat(e)s des années précédentes sont:
 
2005 - Craig Humber
2006 - Isabelle Demers
2007 - Matthew Unger
2008 - Ryan Jackson
2009 - Matthieu Latreille
2010 - Shawn Potter
2011 - Wendy Nieuwenhuis
2012 - Stephen Boda
2013 - Sarah Svendsen
 
Les renseignements et les formulaires de demandes sont disponibles à www.rcco-ottawa.ca. On peut aussi se renseigner auprès de Frances Macdonnell au fbmacdonnell@sympatico.ca ou 613-726-7984.


 
Application forms for candidates for the 2014 Godfrey Hewitt Memorial Scholarship must be postmarked by April 30, 2014. This annual scholarship of $5,000 is offered by the Ottawa Centre, RCCO, and is intended for a Canadian graduate student in organ, studying either inside or outside Canada, who intends to use his/her skills as an organ teacher in the future. The past winners are
 
2005 - Craig Humber
2006 - Isabelle Demers
2007 - Matthew Unger
2008 - Ryan Jackson
2009 - Matthieu Latreille
2010 - Shawn Potter
2011 - Wendy Nieuwenhuis
2012 - Stephen Boda
2013 - Sarah Svendsen
 
Information and application forms are available at www.rcco-ottawa.ca, and further information may be obtained from Frances Macdonnell at fbmacdonnell@sympatico.ca or at 613-726-7984.
 

EXAMENS du CRCO RCCO EXAMINATIONS


Message de Sharon Adamson, Gestionnaire Générale, revisé par Davis Cameron, directeur de comité
Message by Sharon Adamson, General Manager, edited by David Cameron, Chair of the Examination committee

Ceci est un rappel gentil pour chacun et chacune qui considère se présenter à un examen du CRCO cette année, que la date limite pour postuler tombe le 15 mars 2014. Ceci est un peu plus tôt que d’habitude à cause du congrès à London, ON, cet été.
Les examens écrits auront lieu le mardi 13 mai et les examens pratiques – à un point pendant la même semaine (les dates, heures et lieus exacts restent à déterminer).
Pour plus de détails, veuillez cliquer ICI.

This is a gentle reminder to anyone who is considering taking an RCCO examination this year that the deadline for applications is March 15, 2014. This is earlier than usual due to the dates of the convention in London, Ontario this summer.
The written exams will be held on Tuesday May 13th with the practical exams occurring some time during that same week (exact dates, times and venues are yet to be determined).
For more details, please, click HERE.

Pour une liste de concerts d'orgue ayant lieu en février 2014, dressée par la Les Amis de l'Orgue de Québec, veuillez cliquer ICI

For a list of February 2014 organ concerts in Québec, compiled by Les Amis de l'Orgue de Québec, please, click HERE

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LAUDEM, l’Association des musiciens liturgiques du Canada, tiendra un concert-bénéfice le vendredi 21 février à 20h00 au Sanctuaire Marie-Reine-des-Cœurs, 5875 rue Sherbrooke Est (métro Cadillac). LAUDEM, the Association of Liturgical Musicians of Canada, will hold a benefit concert on Friday, February 21, at 8 PM, at the Sanctuaire Marie-Reine-des-Cœurs, 5875 Sherbrooke East (Cadillac métro).

Les interprètes seront The performers will be Jean-Willy Kunz, Yves-G Préfontaine, Jonathan Oldengarm, Nina De Sole, Olivier Lavoie-Gagné, Gabrielle Tessier et Alexandra Fol, organistes, Jean-Pierre Couturier et Claudine Ledoux, chanteurs, et Roger Twance, trompettiste. Programme Programme

Les billets sont au coût de 20 $ et tout don supplémentaire fera l’objet d’un reçu pour fins d’impôt. Prévente ICI The tickets cost 20 $ and all tax-receipts will be issued for all additional donations. Pre-sale HERE

Concert en mémoire de Sylvie Poirier en Espagne

Concert in memory of Sylvia Poirier in Spain

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Would you like to publicize your activities with us? Our centre distributes not only its bulletin 4 times a year, but also a newsletter once or twice a month. Send us news, articles, commentaries, questionnaires via facebook or by e-mail: rccomontreal@gmail.com

Le 2013-2014 Conseil d'administration The executive


Président | President: Rafael de Castro
Vice-Président | Vice-President: Christopher Grocholski
Trésorier | Finance officer: Ed Brown
Secrétaire | Administrative assistant: Suzanne Ozorak
Chapelaine | Chaplain: The Reverend Gwenda Wells, prêtresse
VP Concours d’orgue Lynnwood Farnam organ competition: Jonathan Oldengarm
VP Communications: Thomas Leslie
Rédactrice de la revue et de la newsletter | Editor of the bulletin and of the newsletter : Alexandra Fol
VP relation avec les membres et affaires externes | VP Membership relations and external affairs: Pierre Cabana
Archivist | Archivist: David Szanto
Affaires d’étudiants | Student affairs: Alexander Ross and Helen Tucker
Membres à titre personnel | Members at large: Sean Mayes and Peter Binsse
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